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Defending champion Clijsters wins opening match

MELBOURNE: Kim Clijsters began her bid to defend the Australian Open title when she beat qualifier Maria Joao Koehler 7-5, 6-1 in a first-round match Monday. Clijsters broke Koehler\'s se

Published: 16th January 2012 01:19 PM  |   Last Updated: 16th May 2012 06:15 PM   |  A+A-

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Kim Clijsters (AP)

MELBOURNE: Kim Clijsters began her bid to defend the Australian Open title when she beat qualifier Maria Joao Koehler 7-5, 6-1 in a first-round match Monday.

Clijsters broke Koehler's serve at love in the final game of the opening set.

That started a 13-point run for Clijsters that included three double faults by Koehler in the second game of the second set to give the Belgian player a 2-0 lead.

Clijsters has not lost in the first round of a major since the 2000 French Open.



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